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The Unpackening

Hey, remember that time that I moved to New West? Yeah, well, even though we still haven’t unpacked most our stuff, I have to say that I’m loving our new place!

Lots o'stuff

Lots o'stuff

The not-yet-unpacked is a function of having had classes last weekend and not yet having access to our storage locker – the keys we got for it don’t work and we have to wait for our landlord to get back from holidays to get it sorted out. Once we get all the storage locker stuff1 out of the living room and spare bedroom/office, things will be a lot better! In the meantime, we are trying to unpack everything we can and consolidate stuff for the storage locker into a corner. Speaking of which, I should get back to it!

  1. Christmas tree, boxes of Christmas tree ornaments, and luggage, I’m looking in *your* direction! []

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101 in 1001 Update

Just coming out from under a weekend of classes – and a weekend of classes means a week of nonstop homework preceding said classes. To give you a sense of what my weeks are like, I made this shiny graph:

School Graph

Click graph to embiginate, so you can see it in all its embiggened glory.

Now that my requisite whinging about how busy I am1, on with the blog posting!

OK, where was I? Oh yes, I was going to say that because of the being so freaking busy with school, I have a backlog of blog posting ideas stuck in my brain, but I’m too exhausted to write them all, due to the accompanying backlog of sleep deprivation that I need to deal with. So many that I was having a hard time figuring out which one to start with. And so I decided to go with the “low hanging fruit” (as the kids are saying these days). And that low hanging fruit, as I’m sure you guessed from the title of this blog posting, is an update on how I’m doing on my list of 101 Things To Do, Part Deux.

Most excitingly, I have knocked off item #4 – Live above ground! Though I haven’t yet unpacked anything (see graph above), all my stuff has been moved into our new place and so I  now officially live above ground for the first time in more than a decade!

Item #20 – host a dinner party should be much easier now that I live in a city that people will actually visit. Item #5 – get a cat, however, will now require me to convince Devon that it’s a good idea, though he’s not so sure due to his allergies2.

I’m also getting seriously close to finishing item #1 – pay off my student loans in full! At my current rate, I’ll be done in July. This, of course, assumes that I can continue at my current rate of paying off $1,800 per month, which I’m not 100% sure I can do due to the weird way my scholarship is being dished out to me3, along with some unexpected expenses I’ve had so far this year. I’m trying my damnedest to keep up the pace, but even if I don’t quite make it, I’ll still be able to finish those off within a month or two of July. Item #2 – host a lavish “I Paid Off My Student Loans” party will, of course, come soon thereafter.

And apparently I’ve really been focusing on things at the beginning of my list, because there really hadn’t been any progress to speak of on any items after item #20. But it’s only been 169 of 1001 days, so I’m feeling like things are going pretty well.

  1. Yes, I am aware that I have no one to blame by myself! []
  2. All cat lovers, you should tell Devon, “Allergies, smallergies!” for me, OK? []
  3. Where “weird” = not as fast as my tuition fee payments are coming due []

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Hockey Pool Update – Weeks 23 and 24

So apparently, just like I did with having a blog, I have been completely ignoring the fact that I’m in a hockey pool.1 So let’s see how were are doing with that, shall we? (Note that since no one did a week 23 update, I’m doing a double update for weeks 23 *and* 24! And I’m only 6 days late with it! w00t!)

hockey pool weeks 23 and 24

We can clearly see that there are two distinct groups in this pool, as has been mentioning in previous postings by my fellow poolmates (which, of course, I can’t seem to find the links to2). Cath is in the lead of the top group, followed by Modscientist and Richardipus (pretty much tied in second place), followed closely by Lavaland.

Group 2 is being led by Gery, then Scientist Mother and Chall. Myself and Mr. E-Man are threatening to break off as a third group, and Bob is holding tightly the prize for most efficient (i.e., the one who can get through the pool on the smallest number of points).

And then, just because the data for all the previous weeks of the pool was sitting there in a handy little spreadsheet when I went to write this posting, I couldn’t resist making a graph from the beginning:

hockey pool all week

  1. I’m something of a gong show lately, what with school and death and travelling and moving and whatnot lately. Do you like how I just threw “death” in there with that other stuff all nonchalant-like? Gong. Show. I’m hoping that life will start to become manageable in April, when I get an extra weekend off – and a long weekend to boot! []
  2. Did I mention that I’m a gong show lately? []

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Look Ma, No Braces!

Hey, remember that time I got braces? Well, fast forward sixteen months, and now I have straight teeth!

Teeth With No BracesIt’s true. I got my braces off on Monday, two months earlier than the original estimate of 18 months. And Monday night I flossed my teeth and it didn’t take me 15 minutes! Hell, it didn’t even take me 5 minutes!

I never did get quick at flossing my teeth with braces. You have to tie the floss to a threading device and then thread the floss through the braces wire for each individual tooth. And it took FOREVER! But now, with no braces – flossing is a breeze! So. Freaking. Excited!

After they took my braces off, they made impressions of my teeth, which they then used to make retainers. The retainers are just these tiny little pieces of clear plastic in the shape of my teeth that I snap on. I have to wear them 24 hours a day for 7 days, but after that, I only have to wear them at night. So far, they are actually making my teeth a little achy, but a coworker of mine who got her braces off a bit before I got mine off said that’s normal and it will go away in a few days once I get used to them. And honestly, it’s worth it to be able to smile without worrying that everyone is going to see my snaggly teeth.

Now I just need to save up to get some restorative dentistry done to cover up the discolouration, cracks, and wear on my root canaled front teeth and I’ll have the prettiest smile in town!

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I Can Haz Business Ideas?

The core part of my MBA program involves two major projects. The first one is a business simulation using something caled Capsim, which we are partway through, and the second one is to write a business plan.

But before writing a business plan, one needs to have an idea for a business! This is where you come in, gentle reader. We are at the stage where we have to think of a business opportunity. Essentially, we want to find a “need” that isn’t being met by any currently existing business – an unmet need that we can then build a business around. At this point, we are wanting to generate as many ideas as possible – the more creative, the better! We have a few ideas, but I thought I’d check in with you – some “crowdsourcing,” if you will – to expand our thought processes.

So, do you have an unmet need? What really bugs you and makes you think “Why doesn’t someone solve this problem for me?

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Home

I’m home. I’m tired. I’m glad I got in some good aunty time with my niece and nephew! I also got to go to my Grandpa’s 89th birthday party (though his birthday isn’t until March 16, his party was yesterday).

It was only one month ago today that my Dad died. It somehow seems like just yesterday, but also like it’s been 20 years, but also like it didn’t happen at all.

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I Just Remembered I Have A Blog!

So, yeah, it’s been a while since I have blogged anything. [Insert complaining about how busy I am – and promise that I will blog more – here]. Truthfully, though, I’ve been freaking busy. Last week at work was full of back-to-back-to-back meetings and focus groups and evenings were full of insane amounts of homework. Then I had classes on Friday night until 9:30 pm, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday. And then, because I wasn’t exhausted enough, I hopped on a red eye flight to Ottawa, since I had to be in a meeting there at 9 a.m. on Monday! Usually I can sleep on planes, but I just could. not. fall. asleep. on this one. I mean, I dozed a bit, but I kept waking up and was achy and freezing, despite having brought a blanket with me. I had a stopover in Toronto that was just long enough to change from my yoga pants and T-shirt into my business attire, then hopped on the Toronto-Ottawa leg of the journey. I landed in Ottawa at 8 am and, miraculously, walked into my meeting at 8:50 a.m., just in time to get breakfast and sympathy over having traveled all night.

My Ottawa adventures included two days of meetings with fellowed grantees to talk about our research projects, and two meetings with MPs to talk about my research, and a wonderful dinner at Sarah & Dave’s. After my MP meeting on Tuesday in the late afternoon, I hopped on a Porter Air flight to Toronto, as I’d decided to take the rest of this week off as vacation to spend with my family!

Anyhoo, perhaps this is why I haven’t blogged lately. I’ve been too busy and tired and whatnot to write anything even remotely coherent. This blog posting is pretty much not even worth reading, but I’m posting it anyway. I’m sleepy and it seems like more effort to delete or re-write than to click “publish.”

I have been taking photos of things to blog about, so I’m sure I’ll blog about something more interesting soon, k?

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Guess Who’s Moving?

Escape From Surrey

Because I figured I don’t have enough stressful things going on in my life, I’m moving. Devon and I have found a place in New West and we are moving mid-March. In the long run, it’s actually going to make my life double plus good, but in the short run, I’ve got a lot of packing to do!

Some random points:

  • I have already commenced Operation Eat-Everything-In-My-Freezer-So-I-Don’t-Have-To-Move-It.
  • Does anyone have any boxes they want to give me?