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Crystal Balls

I suck at this blogging business (cue beginning of usual self-depreciating paragraph). I guess keeping a regular record of the happenings in my life just isn’t for me; clearly my penchant for blogging is much more sporadic than I would like. As usual I would like to bring my school defense up to the stand, for the past three weeks I have had the most ridiculous concentration of assignments in my life – week 1, paper; week 2, 3 papers; week 3, 1 paper 2 presentations and an exam, and this week (week 4) I have three papers all due on Thursday/Friday.

It’s funny because when I’m in the midst of all this assignment writing and stressing and drinking a bajillion cups of coffee and pulling my hair out and trying to hide out in the UBC library so I can stay overnight (half kidding) I absolutely despise being a student. But then I finish and I get that feeling of accomplishment; that despite this seemingly unsurmountable pile of papers, presentations, exams, research projects…I TOTALLY DID IT. And I think besides that, being a student is amazing just because your job is to learn. How kick ass is that?

I bring this up now because recently I have been giving some thought as to what I want to pursue following my graduation. As of now I’m on track to graduate in 2011 or 2012, with a BA in Communication with Honours (although recently I’ve been throwing around the idea of minoring in Dialogue). I’m almost positive that I do not want to go into a Communications-related field as a career (i.e., public relations/marketing/publicity/broadcasting, the like). However, I don’t know much beyond that and recently I’ve begun toying with the idea of going into grad school. Any form of grad school really, as I’ve been thinking about law school since I knew what a lawyer was, but also possibly a Masters program. As to what I might study, I think I’d want to do something Communications/Sociology related, maybe public policy even. Anyways, my point is…what is an interesting/good program to look at? There’s just so much information out there that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It’d be so helpful if someone gave me a direction to look at!

Besides, that though…10 more days till California.

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December 6 2009 at 11:27 pm Leave a comment

CELEBRATION!

I AM DONE SCHOOL.

I felt like this was a momentous enough occasion that it merited an entire blog post to itself; today I had my last final of my second year of post-secondary education in my Kinesiology class.  Needless to say, it was quite easy and I’m fairly confident that I did well in that class, cross fingers.

Cheerio!

Now I await my grades, woop woop.

June 19 2009 at 11:58 pm Leave a comment

Distractions

At the moment, I should be writing a 10-15 pager on the New International Division of Labour in Major League Baseball and how it exemplifies Arjun Appadurai’s Theoretical Framework of the 5 scapes, and also how globalization is essentially a driver for profit-making.

But as you can clearly see, I’m not.

In my defense, I’m on page 10 and I’ve only got about 2-4 pages to go, and it is only approximately 4 o’clock on Monday, meaning I have a good 22 hours or so to finish it up before it’s due.

Unfortunately, while I am writing this there is a nagging voice at the back of my head saying “you.  should.  not.  be.  doing.  this.”  TOO BAD.  As such, I’ve decided to devote today’s entry to the oh-so-fabulous and mostly mundane things that take up my time and distract me from the things I should be doing – oh, like writing a paper, for instance.  Aha!  Another list:

  1. Facebook (duh)
    Honestly, I don’t even know what magical force somehow magnetically draws my fingers to type “www.facebook.com” every 15 minutes or so, but I can tell you that I HATE IT.  There isn’t even anything on it to look at (really), except for pictures.  Yeah, I love the pictures that people post on Facebook.  However, I can see a new social networking medium that is starting to consume more and more of my time (and possibly replacing Facebook, oh the HORROR!) and that is…
  2. Twitter
    As you can see, I have my lovely Twitter feed inserted into my blog because I feel it is THAT vital to my life.  When I was first introduced to Twitter I was kind of apprehensive as the idea of blogging every few minutes like some people do kind of freaks me out, but it’s so much more casual than actually blogging and SO MUCH EASIER.  That said, I’ve always been a really wordy person so sometimes I find it impossibly difficult to fit my thoughts into what – 140? 150? characters.  In any case, I think it’s a whole lot of fun, and I love seeing the links that other people have to share!
  3. Online shopping
    Especially on Sephora and Forever 21.  This is a double-edged sword because not only is it a time waster but a HUGE money waster, because I always end up buying stuff I don’t need (I’m talking to YOU, Forever 21)!  Coupled with crazy shipping costs and I’m pretty much an unproductive, broke-ass student wasting time online!  But seriously, online shopping is one of the greatest inventions known to man, besides Steve Jobs (yes, I’m convinced he’s a robot) and you know, the wheel and penicillin, and all that jazz *cue Chicago dance sequence
  4. Cleaning
    Now here’s a little something I love to do when there’s something I really hate to do.  It’s this weird thing of mine, cleaning when I’m supposed to be doing homework, and I don’t mean just tidying cleaning, but the whole nine yards cleaning – vaccuuming, windexing, dusting, reorganizing and alphabetizing, sanitizing (insert other cleaning-related verbs here).  I think I justify it by arguing (in my head) that it’s also something productive to do.  But honestly, it’s totally just an excuse.  Go self-argumentation, where would I be without you.
  5. Watch House/The Office/Mad Men/How I Met Your Mother/Gossip Girl
    Especially bad since I own DVDs of almost all of them, meaning they are readily accessible and waiting for my lingering eyes and grubby fingers to grab them and insert them into the oh-so-sleek and appealing DVD player for my own personal viewing pleasure (weird sentence, I admit).  But seriously, there’s nothing like a little B + S and xoxo Gossip Girl, or better yet, BARNEY STINSON, to take you out of your rut!

Here is unfortunately where my list will have to end; however, I do not create it under the pretenses of it being at all exhaustive.  Given my short attention span for anything and everything, this list really does have the potential to be miles and miles long (but I’ll spare all of you that).

June 15 2009 at 3:16 pm 2 comments

In which general boredom and whatnot are discussed

It’s only been about a month and maybe almost a half since school started and I am already dying from the repetitiveness of it all.  We get reading break for TWO days this year (it’s better than nothing, yeaaah) and I was planning on being impulsive and random and adventurous but as we can see that didn’t really pan out.  Instead I have been doing what I am actually supposed to be doing on reading break – READING! – and catching up on course readings.  I live an amazing life, really.

Valentine’s Day was Saturday and my dear boyfriend is halfway across the world, but he was considerate enough to ask his mother to buy a bouquet of flowers for me on his behalf.  It was kind of funny, but sweet.  I spent the day 1.  hanging out with Will’s parents (we walked their dog, Abbie) and then his mom and I trekked to the farmer’s market (which was lovely, by the way) and 2.  watching House.

Speaking of House – I used to be a half follower of House but then I gave up because I didn’t have the time.  I’ve been looking for other stuff to watch and a friend of mine says his favourite show is House so I thought I’d take it up again…and I LOVE IT!  House is amazing.  He’s like Dwight, but way meaner.

That was probably the less intelligent sentence I’ve spewed out all day.

Oh well, I’m on break!

This week’s to-do consists of:

  • CMNS 324 take home midterm paper
  • BOL I course for co-op (kill me now)
  • Start CMNS 230 paper
  • CMNS 260 test – Thursday
  • Bajillion pages of reading

Whee.

    February 16 2009 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

    Finally

    After probably what was a billion hours of attempted snowmaking but getting screwed over by global warming and abnormally high temperatures, Grouse has finally accumulated enough snow for it to open.  Brenton and I went today, and it was amazing.  I can`t believe how much I missed it.  The snow wasn`t amazing to say the least, but I was just content to be able to do nothing but snowboard.  On another, more negative note, I bailed a landing of a jump (mind you, it wasn`t a proper jump because there isn`t enough snow on the mountain to really sculpt any terrain) because there was a patch of ice horrendously close to the landing….and hit my head really, really hard on the ice.  It sucked.  Especially because I`ve never done that before, and now I think I have a mild concussion.  I`ve had this horrid headache ever since which is probably the worst timing ever because I was supposed to study tonight for my Earth Science exam tomorrow.

    Which leads me to completely antagonize whoever made the decision to place my school on a mountain.  My Earth Science exam was originally scheduled for last Friday but mother nature decided to play devil`s advocate on me and give me the thing I love most about winter (snow) while concurrently prolonging the school`s rampage on my mind and body (exams season).  Fun stuff.  In any case, my exam got cancelled on Friday because – yeah, you know…in Vancouver, it`s like the world`s coming to an end when it snows – cars and buses couldn`t get up the mountain.  So now I have my exam tomorrow which sucks majorly especially considering that I was all prepped and primed for my exam on Friday.

    Oh well.  I guess at least I will FINALLY, FINALLY have exams over with tomorrow.  Cross your fingers it doesn`t snow anymore.

    December 15 2008 at 11:38 pm Leave a comment

    Today, or this week

    I’ve gotten all my midterms back and I’ve gotten an A on all of them – 93%, 90%, 87%, 86%.  I’m pretty pleased with myself; next stop: straight As!  I know I can do it.  Let’s hope I can 🙂

    Today I almost got fucking hit by a car, it was actually possibly one of the scariest moments of my life.  I was waiting to cross the street at Cambie, and the light was starting to change and I could see a car a little ways away.  I figured that he would stop, seeing as the light was changing and he wasn’t going to make it across the intersection before it changed to red.  Well, he totally didn’t.  And since I was listening to my iPod, and I totally space out when I listen to my iPod (I know, my bad..my bad) I didn’t realize he didn’t stop until I was about 3/4 the way across the street and I was like, “what the heck, why are there lights on me all of a sudden” and then it dawned on me and I walked like two steps faster before the driver slammed on his brakes, stopping about 2 feet away from me.  I was SO FUCKING PISSED OFF – I just stopped and looked at the driver with a “WHAT THE FUCK?” face.  And all the other drivers were looking too!  And then when I finished crossing the street, he sped off and ran the red light.  I can’ t believe people who drive like this are allowed to.  And worse yet that we have no laws that stop people from getting distracted while driving say, on their cell phone.  Ugh.

    So Obama won, like I thought he would.  I didn’t have much of an opinion on this election just because I didn’t really get to research tons about it.  Though I’m aware that as our neighbour, an American election is important to Canada, I didn’t really feel like it was important enough for me to really do research like I did for our own election.  That said, I do have high hopes for him and hope that he brings change to America, I feel like they really need it; however, I doubt that it’ll be easy for him to do so.  Hopefully he’s not all talk.

    Another plus of the day: my credit card bill was a lot less than I thought it’d be!  And also, I switched my fido plan recently, so instead of paying like 50 dollars a month for 100 text messages, 150 daytime minutes, and unlimited evenings and weekends from 5 pm, I’m paying 30 dollars a month (without system access fee and 911 fee!) for unlimited text messages, 100 daytime minutes, and unlimited evenings and weekends starting at 5.  It’s a really good deal!  Plus tax it’s around 33 dollars I think, so I’m pretty pleased that I’m saving a lot of money.  I used to always go over my text messaging limit and end up having to pay an extra 10-15 dollars, so on top of the 50 dollar fee for my old plan, I’d have to pay for the extra text messages AND system access fee and 911 charge.  It really sucked.

    November 5 2008 at 10:16 pm Leave a comment

    School post # 1029410928412

    I’m sorry that I talk about school so much but really, it’s the biggest activity that I am involved in currently which explains why I discuss it so much.  Anyways, from hereon it’s a rant…about school…so stop reading if you are sick of my complaining (sorry…it’ll end after October, I promise…this month has just been crazy with a capital C).

    I have an exam tomorrow for EASC and I know – trust me, I do! – that I have to stop expecting good teaching because that’s not what I pay for (even though IT SHOULD BE what I pay for!) but I’m sick of having bad professors in science!  This prof (who shall remain nameless, because I know he’s a nice guy, he just sucks at teaching) has the worst lecture notes.  All the points are fragmented sentences that don’t really make sense.  And I felt that maybe my saviour in this course would be my textbook – which, though not without faults, makes a lot more sense than my teacher does – but I have just realized with the aid of my dearest friend Harry that the lecture notes are probably more important.  Fuck!

    In addition, my other complaint about this class is that the lecture slides are so FULL OF PICTURES.  I get key images to describe points, but…honestly, the BACKGROUND is a picture.  THE BACKGROUND OF THE SLIDE IS A PICTURE!!!!  It’s a waste of ink, not to mention the fact that it makes it so freaking hard to read the actual text.

    Argh that’s the end of my school rant for this week.

    Yesterday William and I hung out and he showed me where he’s going!  It’s called Wurzburg I think, and the city looks amazing.  I’m actually quite jealous.  If only I could visit him for a week.  IF ONLY SFU HAD A READING BREAK.  Ahhh.

    Back to studying!

    October 19 2008 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

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